Jim Hightower, America’s best-known populist writer, author, and radio commentator, and progressive political activist, is Thorne Dreyer’s guest on Rag Radio. Also joining us is KOOP Radio’s General Manager, Beverly Shaw.
Jim Hightower, editor of The Hightower Lowdown and a member of the Board of Directors of the Bernie Sanders-initiated grassroots activist group, Our Revolution, talked about Fake News, and how communities are coming up with their own solutions to issues like inequality, education, and homelessness; “Populist Justice,” and a plan for channeling grassroots anger; and all things Trump!
KOOP’s new manager, Beverly Shaw, has hosted and produced a Carribean music program on community station KAZI-FM in Austin, since 1988. She joins us on part of the show to discuss the importance of KOOP, Austin’s cooperatively-run radio station, and of public and community radio in general – especially in these trying times. There are two versions of this show; the shorter one has been edited to remove on-air fundraising for KOOP Rag Radio is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The host and producer of Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, is a prominent Austin-based activist and writer who was a pioneer of the ’60s underground press movement. The show’s engineer and co-producer is Tracey Schulz and the staff photographer is Roger Baker. The syndicated show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is later rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1, and by KKRN, 88.5-FM in Round Mountain, CA -- and as a featured podcast at Veterans Today Live. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 44:31; 56:08.